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Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap

Grants to USA Private and Public Sector Partnerships for Apprenticeship
Programs Targeting Nontraditional Industry Sectors

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U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) - Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

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09/24/19 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA IHEs, nonprofit associations, and labor management organizations partnering with eligible private and public sector entities for apprenticeship programs targeting nontraditional industry sectors. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to provide apprenticeship skills instruction and partially offset the costs of these programs for apprentices.

The purpose of this grant program is to promote apprenticeships as a significant workforce solution in filling current job vacancies and closing the skills gap between employer workforce needs and the skills of the current workforce. The overarching goals of this grant program are threefold: (1) to accelerate the expansion of apprenticeships to industry sectors and occupations that have not traditionally deployed apprenticeships for building a skilled workforce, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and health care; (2) to promote the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships across the nation to a range of employers, including small and medium-sized employers; and (3) to increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans.

For details on target industry sectors, see page 10 of the FOA document in Supporting Documents below.

Grant funds will be awarded to an apprenticeship partnership of public and private sector entities which together seek to develop and implement new apprenticeship models; or expand an existing apprenticeship program to a new industry sector or occupation, a new population, on a local/regional, statewide, or national scale.

Apprenticeship programs funded and developed under this grant program must have the following characteristics:

1. Paid Work Component
2. Work-based Learning and Mentorship
3. Educational and Instructional Component
4. Industry-Recognized Credentials Earned
5. Safety, Supervision, and Equal Employment Opportunity

For more details about program requirements, see pages 8-10 in the FOA document in Supporting Documents below.

Applicants must design workforce development strategies that comprise all of the following activities:

1) Expanding existing apprenticeships or deploying a new apprenticeship program within an H-1B industry or for an H-1B occupation in a local/regional, statewide or national scope. This includes developing program standards, meeting quality standards, and obtaining promotion and adoption by a significant number of employers within the sector;
2) Recruiting a diverse and large number of apprentices for a robust workforce;
3) Offering earn-as-you-learn education and training models that prepare individuals to successfully move into middle- to high-skilled employment;
4) Engaging a wide array of employers, large and small, in the adoption and deployment of apprenticeships to greatly expand apprenticeship opportunities; and
5) Developing a system for reviewing, approving, collecting data from, and monitoring apprenticeship programs to assess the quality of the training standards, materials, and programs.

In addition, all applicants must provide outreach plans for promoting apprenticeship to a broad network of employers, including small employers. The outreach plans must demonstrate significant reach within the identified occupation(s) or industry sector(s). Applicants must also provide customer-focused and technical assistance supports to this network of employers to enable them to implement the new apprenticeship programs.

For details on allowable activities, see pages 14-17 of the FOA document.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186357

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 16 to 30 apprenticeship grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards ranging from $500,000 to $6 million; Only projects proposing a national geographic scope may request a funding level of $4 to $6 million.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is 48 months with an anticipated start date of February 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In keeping with the authority provided by Congress under ACWIA, grants under this program will be awarded to an apprenticeship partnership of public and private sector entities. Grants will be awarded to the lead applicant of an apprenticeship partnership, which will serve as the grantee and have overall fiscal and administrative responsibility for the grant.

The apprenticeship partnership must 1) include as lead applicant an institution of higher education (IHE), or an institution of higher education representing a consortium of IHEs, or a state system of higher education, such as a community college system office or a single state higher educational board; or a nonprofit trade, industry, or employer association; labor union; labor-management organization and 2) include representatives of each of the required partner entities, which collectively form the “apprenticeship partnership.” The apprenticeship partnership, including the lead applicant, must include public and private sector entities; otherwise the application will be considered non-responsive and will not be considered or reviewed.

Applications that do not have an institution of higher education (IHE) or an institution of higher education representing a consortium of IHEs or a single state higher educational board as the lead entity, and the required public and private partners, or a nonprofit trade, industry, or employer association, labor union, labor management organization will be considered non-responsive and will not be considered or reviewed. An entity cannot serve as more than one type of required partner for the purpose of meeting FOA requirements.

For further eligibility details, see pages 20-23 of the FOA document.

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date for receipt of applications under this Announcement is September 24, 2019. Applicants must be received no later than 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application before the closing date to ensure that the risk of late receipt of the application is minimized.

How to Register to Apply through

Read through the registration process carefully before registering. These steps may take as much as four weeks to complete, and this time should be factored into plans for timely electronic submission in order to avoid unexpected delays that could result in the rejection of an application.

Applicants must follow the online instructions for registration at

All applicants for Federal grant and funding opportunities must have a DUNS number, and must supply their DUNS Number on the SF-424. The DUNS Number is a nine-digit identification number that uniquely identifies business entities. If you do not have a DUNS Number, you can get one for free through the D&B website:

Applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application. Find instructions for registering with SAM at

This program requires cost sharing or matching funds. Such funds may be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions and must be equal to 45 percent of the total Federal share of costs. Any resources contributed to the project in addition to cost sharing or matching funds will be considered leveraged resources.

Grant Recipient Technical Assistance Training
Grantees are required to participate in all ETA training activities related to grantee orientation, financial management and reporting, performance reporting, product dissemination, and other technical assistance training as appropriate during the grant period. These sessions may occur via conference calls, virtual events such as webinars, and in-person meetings. Applicants should budget for at least two staff members to attend up to two in-person events in Washington, D.C. during the life of the grant.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Address mailed applications to:

The U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration, Office of Grants Management
Attention: Brinda Ruggles, Grant Officer
Reference FOA-ETA-19-09
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N4716
Washington, DC 20210

For further information about this FOA, please contact Denise Roach, Grants Management Specialist, Office of Grants Management, at (202) 693-3820. Applicants should e-mail all technical questions to and must specifically reference FOA-ETA-19-09, and along with question(s), include a contact name, fax and phone number.

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